MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The Hague, 6 September 1990
Dear Mr President,
Referring to the conversations between the Netherlands authorities and the Secretary-General of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal concerning the privileges and immunities with respect to the functioning of the Tribunal and to the wish expressed during these conversations on behalf of the Tribunal to specify these privileges and immunities, I have the honour hereby to propose to your Excellency the following:
1 The premises of the Tribunal shall be inviolable. The Netherlands authorities may not enter them, except with the consent of the President of the Tribunal or of his designee. Such consent may, however, be assumed in case of fire or other disaster requiring prompt protective action, and only in the event that it has not been possible to obtain the express consent of the President or of his designee.
3 The premises of the Tribunal, their furnishings and other property thereon shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.
The archives of the Tribunal and any documents belonging to or held by it shall be inviolable. They should, when necessary, bear visible external marks of identification.
1 Subject to the provisions of Article 4 the Tribunal, within the scope of the performance of its tasks, shall enjoy in the Netherlands immunity from jurisdiction and execution, except:
a. to the extent that the Tribunal shall have expressly waived such immunity in a particular case;
b. in the case of a civil action brought by a third party for damage resulting from an accident caused by a motor vehicle belonging to, or operated on behalf of, the Tribunal, or in respect of a motor traffic offence involving such a vehicle.
3 The property and assets of the Tribunal shall also be immune from administrative or provisional judicial constraint, except in so far as may be temporarily necessary in connection with the prevention of, and investigation into, accidents involving motor vehicles belonging to or operated on behalf of the Tribunal.
1 If the Tribunal institutes or intervenes in proceedings before a court in the Netherlands, it submits, for the purpose of those proceedings, to the jurisdiction of the Netherlands courts.
If the Tribunal appears before the courts in order to assert immunity, it shall not thereby be deemed to have waived immunity.
The members of the Tribunal shall be inviolable. They shall not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. The Netherlands authorities shall treat them with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on their person, freedom or dignity.
2 The papers, correspondence and, except as provided for in paragraph 4 of Article 9, the property of a member of the Tribunal shall likewise enjoy inviolability.
4 No measures of execution may be taken in respect of a member of the Tribunal except in the cases coming under sub-paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d) of paragraph 2 of this Article, and provided that the measures concerned can be taken without infringing the inviolability of his person or of his residence.
The members of the Tribunal shall be exempt in the Kingdom of the Netherlands from all personal services, from all public services of any kind whatsoever, and from military obligations such as those connected with requisitioning, military contributions and billeting.
2 The other staff-members of the Tribunal shall enjoy the privileges and immunities specified in Articles 7 and 9 to 10, except that the immunity from criminal, civil and administrative jurisdiction specified in Article 9 shall not extend to acts performed outside the course of their duties.
1 Except insofar as additional privileges and immunities may be granted by the Netherlands Government, a member of the Tribunal or a staff-member of the Tribunal who is a Netherlands national or permanently resident in the Netherlands shall enjoy only immunity from jurisdiction, and inviolability, in respect of official acts performed in the exercise of his function.
Members of the family of a member of the Tribunal and of the Secretary-General forming part of his household shall, if they are not Netherlands nationals, enjoy the privileges and immunities specified in Articles 7 to 10.
2 The Tribunal may waive the immunity from jurisdiction of a member of the Tribunal and of the Secretary-General or of any person enjoying immunity under Articles 11 to 13. Immunity shall be waived in any case where, in the opinion of the Tribunal, the immunity would impede the course of justice and waiver would not prejudice the purpose for which the immunity is accorded.
1 Every person entitled to privileges and immunities shall enjoy them from the moment he enters Netherlands territory for the purpose of performing his functions with the Tribunal or, if he is already in its territory, from the moment when his appointment is notified to the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2 When the functions of a person enjoying privileges and immunities have come to an end, such privileges and immunities shall normally cease at the moment when he leaves Netherlands territory, or on expiry of a reasonable period in which to do so, but shall subsist until that time, even in case of armed conflict. However in respect of acts performed by such a person in the exercise of his function, immunity shall continue to subsist.
In the event of the death of a member of the Tribunal or of a staff-member of the Tribunal, or of a member of his family forming part of his household, if the deceased was not a Netherlands national nor permanently resident in the Netherlands, the Kingdom of the Netherlands shall permit the withdrawal of the movable property of the deceased, with the exception of any property acquired in the country the export of which was prohibited at the time of his death.
2 The staff-members of the Tribunal referred to in paragraph 2 of Article 11, not being Netherlands nationals or permanently resident in the Netherlands, and the members of the families referred to in Article 13 shall not, when they practise a professional or commercial activity for personal profit, enjoy immunity from criminal jurisdiction in respect of acts performed in the course of or in connection with the practice of such activity. However, the immunity with regard to the execution of the judgement will stand unless waived in accordance with Article 14.
1 Members of the family forming part of the households of the Members, the Secretary-General, and the Staff of the Tribunal shall be authorised to engage in gainful employment in the Netherlands for the duration of the term of office of the Member concerned, the Secretary-General, or the Staff member concerned.
3 Members of the family forming part of the households of the Members and of the Secretary-General, in accordance with paragraph 2 of this Article, who obtain gainful employment, shall, in accordance with Article 9, paragraph 2, subparagraph (c) and the first sentence of Article 17, paragraph 2, respectively, have no immunity from civil, administrative, or criminal jurisdiction with respect to matters arising in the course of or in connection with such employment. Measures of execution in respect of members of the family forming part of the households of the Members and of the Secretary-General in matters arising in the course of or in connection with their gainful employment can only be taken if those measures do not infringe the inviolability of their person or of their residence, in as far as they are entitled to such inviolability.
4 In case of the insolvency of a person aged under 18 with respect to a claim arising out of gainful employment of that person under this Article, the immunity of the Member, the Secretary-General, or Staff member of the Tribunal of whose family the person concerned is a member shall be waived by the Tribunal for the purpose of settlement of the claim, in accordance with Article 14.
5 Employment referred to in paragraph 1 shall be in accordance with Netherlands legislation, including fiscal and social security legislation, unless any other applicable international legal instrument provides otherwise.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands shall, even in case of armed conflict, grant facilities to enable members of the Tribunal and staff-membres of the Tribunal, other than Netherlands nationals, and members of the families of such persons irrespective of their nationality, to leave at the earliest possible moment. In particular it must, in case of need, place at their disposal the necessary means of transport for themselves and their property.
1 The claimants and respondents or their representatives, counsel and advocates, as well as witnesses and experts and other persons who take part in the proceedings of the Tribunal, shall enjoy immunity from legal process in respect of oral or written statements made, or documents or other evidence submitted by them before or to the Tribunal.
2 In the event that the Tribunal shall have established its own social security system offering coverage comparable to the coverage under Netherlands legislation, the Tribunal and its employees shall be exempt from social security provisions in force in the Netherlands, with retroactive effect to 18 May 1981.
3 The provisions of par. 1 and 2 shall apply mutatis mutandis to members of the family forming part of the households of the persons mentioned in those paragraphs, unless they are employed or selfemployed in the Netherlands or receive Netherlands social security benefits.
If the foregoing meets with the approval of Your Excellency I have the honour further to propose that this letter and your letter in reply shall constitute an agreement between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal which will enter into force on the date of receipt by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your Excellency's letter accepting the above.
(sd.) H. VAN DEN BROEK
Dr. Robert Briner
President of the
Iran-United States Claims Tribunal
at The Hague